In our last blog, we talked about using teeth whitening to brighten smiles. But we also have cosmetic treatments that can provide lifelike repair for damaged teeth and imperfections that occur naturally. In today’s blog, your Round Rock, TX, pediatric dentist talks about the benefits of bonding and contouring.
We may suggest dental bonding treatment should a tooth become chipped or cracked, as bonding uses the same composite resin that our tooth-colored fillings employ. We can also close gaps between teeth, lengthen worn down teeth, and reshape malformed ones too. The procedure also helps mask permanent teeth stains, the kind that may not respond to teeth whitening. The procedure involves numbing the tooth before we remove any decay and thoroughly clean it. Next, we prepare the metal-free composite resin, which we shade to blind with the rest of the smile seamlessly. We apply this in several layers, sculpting it as the material cures beneath a special light. The last step is to thoroughly polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. We can accomplish all of these cosmetic improvements in only one visit!
Dental contouring can also address cosmetic concerns in one visit, but doesn’t involve adding new materials to the tooth structure. Instead, gently sand and buff the outer structure to correct minor chips, remove pits, grooves, and rough patches in the outer surface, and to reshape overly large teeth. We also correct malformed teeth and full sharp, pointed, or jagged portions of our tooth structure. We could complete bonding and contouring at the same time in the same procedure, or in a separate one. These can also be used to help improve how the bite fits together, improving bite balance and chewing function.
To help safeguard your child’s smile, be sure they wear mouthguards if they play full contact sports or martial arts. Be sure they brush and floss too, and attend six-month checkups and cleanings. Healthy teeth are less likely to easily become chipped or cracked. If an injury does happen, this is a dental emergency, so give us a call, even outside of normal business hours. We will call you back and arrange a time to treat your child and improve the function and beauty of the tooth. If you have any questions about bonding and contouring, or about addressing injured teeth, then give is a call today.
Talk To Your Round Rock, TX Dentist About Dental Bonding
We would like to help children enjoy smiles that look great and remain free of issues like cavities and infections. If you would like to learn more about improving little smiles, or book an appointment, contact your Round Rock, TX, dentist, Dr. Thames, by calling 512-733-5311.